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August 20, 2019

Tips for the College Admissions Process

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Finding the right school for student-athletes is a little more complicated than regular students. When looking, make sure you are considering academics, campus culture, location and financial aid. 

Get a head start, and meet with your college counselor early on. Set your long term and short term goals and then make sure you are staying on the right path. Follow some of these tips, and you will sail through the recruiting process.  

Understand the rules of the recruitment process. 

The governing body of all college sports is the NCAA. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulates student-athletes from 1,268 North American institutions and conferences. There are different rules and regulations for sports, so make sure you follow them. There are rules for when and how coaches can get in touch with you, so please refer to the NCAA Recruiting Guidelines. 

NCAA Eligibility Center 

If you are applying to Division I or II schools, you will also need to meet the NCAA Eligibility guidelines. Knowing and understanding what the academic standards are can make or break you. You will have to know what the required courses are, when are the GPA cut-offs and what are the SAT/ACT score minimums. Every institution has different standards, so keep careful notes. Eligible students may practice, compete. They also can receive NCAA funding for their first year in college.  

Get your GPA up, and keep it up. 

When you are a student-athlete, you will have to go through the school’s admission committee. You must take your grades seriously. Work hard and take challenging course loads. 

SAT/ACT Dates, Choose Them Wisely. 

You should take the tests as early as possible. 

  • In the United States, the SATs are 7 times a year. The months that you can take them are March, May, June, August, October, November, and December.
  • You can take the SAT freshman year. The majority of students take the SAT’s the spring of their junior year. Then you would take it in the fall of your senior year.
  • Many competitive colleges might require you to take SAT Subject Tests. You may also need to take SAT Subject Tests. Take note that you cannot take the SAT and SAT Subject Tests on the same day. 

What are the best dates to take the tests?

Be smart and plan out when you should take the SAT/ ACT’s. Do not take them when you have a heavy academic load, in-season, and extracurricular activities. We recommend taking your first SAT or ACT test as early as you can. Comprehensive prep courses can start up to 10 to 12 weeks before the test. If you are planning to take both tests, we suggest that you take them in consecutive months. 

Original application essays are the way to go. 

We recommend that you come up with a strategy with your academic advisor, parents, or college-bound advisor as far as including your sport in your essay. You want your application to be different, tell your story. Then get feedback from a teacher or your academic advisor after you complete your essay. 

Pro tip:Your best-fit college will be the one that you can see yourself at, even without your sport. 

YOUR JOURNEY STARTS HERE